Friday 18 August 2017

Brave girl (10) survives alligator attack by opening reptile's jaws and freeing herself

Alligator attack
Alligator attack

Kathy Armstrong

A brave young girl survived an alligator attack by prying open his jaws to free herself.

The girl (10) was bitten by the reptile as she sat in shallow waters at Moss Park in Orange County, Florida on Saturday.

She was bitten on her knee and calf by the eight to nine-foot alligator.

According to the incident report the quick-thinking child managed to open the animal's mouth and free her leg before she sustained further injuries.

Chad Weber, spokesman of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said: "She had puncture wounds but I don't think they're life threatening."

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She was brought to hospital for treatment and the alligator was trapped by authorities.

Orange County Parks and Recreation manager Matt Suedmeye told WKMG-TV that the waterfront areas of the part are closed until further notice.

He said: "The lifeguard said that they heard the scream, and then they saw the child jumping and running.

"While they are on the stand, they are just to scan the water, the swimming area, for any life-threatening, dangerous situations."

Over 380 people have been bitten by alligators since 1948 and this included 24 fatalities, according to the commission.

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